— OF THE —
Work of the Seventeenth Year
— OF THE-
Pacific Garden Mission
ENDING SEPTEMBER 15, 1894,
100 Kaet Van Biiren Street,
Wm. H. Dietz,
stationer and printer,
117 dearborn st.
COL. GEO. R. CLARKE,
Founder of the Pacific Garden Mission, vSept. 15, 1877.
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For seventeen years the Gospel Message has
been sounding forth at the Pacific Garden Mission,
and this 15th day of September, 1894, we celebrate
the most eventful anniversary in its history.
Words fail to convey the gratitude that fills
our hearts as we recall the manifold blessings that
has attended this work another year ; how God's
blessing has been upon every meeting; the marvel-
ous work of grace that has been wrought in so
many lives, how the outcast has been reclaimed,
the wanderers brought back, suicides prevented
and broken homes reunited.
The wonderful testimonies given from night
to night can only convey the depth from which so
many have been reclaimed. How the gambler has
found power over the destroying passion of his
life, the drunkard, after resorting to every remedy
that skill or science could devise, has only found
the Grace of God sufficient to conquer the raging
thirst, the self-righteous man to realize his utter
helplessness, and the would be skeptic convinced
of the mighty power of the Gospel to save.
These thrilling testimonies from the educated
and refined, down to the ignorant and depraved,
prove how sin places all alike on the same level,
leax-ing its bitter sting in those who have been
lacerated by its poisonous fangs.
Three Hundred and 5ixty=Five Nights
In the vear meetings are held, consisting of song^
service at the door during the summer months,
where large numbers gather, and most of them are
persuaded to attend the meeting which immedi-
ately follows. After half an hour of song and
praise, accompanied b)' organ or piano with cor-
net, the opening exercises begin, by quoting of
Scripture from the audience, followed by a short
address, then testimonies, after which an inquiry
meeting is held, consisting of an altar service and
personal instruction from the Bible.
During the past year has surpassed in numbers
anv preceding year, averaging from three to four
hundred week day nights, and often five hundred
beside the standing room on Sunday nights. The
number of seekers nightly varies from five ta
twenty-five, no meeting ever having been held
without some professing to be saved.
The Gospel is sounding from early in the morning
until nearly the midnight hour.
Convert's meeting at half past nine a.m., when
the most wonderful experiences are heard from
those who for years have been kept by the power
of God, and those just entering7upon the Christian
life. The mighty power of God is magnified as
various ones attempt to describe the awful conse-
quences wrought upon their lives through sin, yet
how^ they have been redeemed by His saving grace.
Prodigals returned, broken up families reunited,
backsliders reclaimed, and lost ones saved, consti-
tute the theme of their thrilling testimonies.
Perhaps but few who have never attended a
MISSION meeting have any conception of the
wretchedness and woe, the suffering and sorrow
that comes to the lives of those who have almost
been abandoned by Satan himself, and the conse-
quences that follow such a sinful life.
The experiences of those who have been saved
gives courage and hope to the disheartened ones
and often inspires a purpose for a better life.
Many a man has come in with suicide in his heart
but gone out realizing the efficacy of God's saving
grace. One hundred and fifty are often in attend-
ance at this meeting, which is always a source of
The Bible Study
In the afternoon has been a source of great help to
the converts in enabling them to obtain a knowl-
edge of the Word. About one hundred usually
attend this service, which has been under the
leadership of our efficient teacher Mrs. E. B. Swift,
where valuable instruction is imparted how to
study the Word, and of its importance in building
them up in the Christian life.
A large Sunday school is soon to l)e reorgan-
ized under the leadership of Bro. Geo. D. Elderkin
and we hope to make it one of the best features
of this work. The outlook is favorable for one of
the largest Mission Sunday Schools in the city,
and we trust, by divine guidance upon our united
efforts, that hundreds of children will be rescued
from the thrfllldom of sin that is everywhere
prevalent in our city.
The Gospel Wagon.
For a great many years it has been our custom
to preach the Gospd to the masses in the open air,
thus under the blessing of God we have been able
to reach a large number who otherwise would
never hear the plan of salvation.
About five o'clock every Sunday the Gospel
wagon staits out with a band of consecrated
workers, consisting of a quartet, organ and cornet,
and redeemed men whose hearts are on fire with
the love of God. The wagon usually makes its
regular round, stopping at each corner within a
radius of a few blocks of the mission, where its
approach is gladly welcomed.
The audience consists of a cosmopolitan gath-
ering who listen with profound interest and
respect, and is often moved to tears as it hears the
rescued men tell their thrilling experiences.
From two to three hundred usually gather
around the wagon, and w^hile the services are in
progress the converts are busy circulating cards of
invitation for the evening meeting, thus inducing
many to attend who would otherwise never be
brought under the sound of the Gospel. This fea-
ture of the work has been most signally blessed
and with most gratifying results.
The jail visitation, which has always been a
branch of the mission work, has been faithfully
continued with encouraging results.
The largest number ever incarcerated in the
jail has been during the past year, Abotit 7,300
names have been estimated as being enrolled on
the books, 6,700 men, 360 women, and 250 boys,
showing an increase of crime and the great need
of RESCUING work.
Perhaps a more miscellaneous gathering was
never seen than can be looked upon in this place,
where the genteel confidence man, or respectable
looking clerk, are placed side by side with the
pickpocket and thief, and in the womens' depart-
ment the shop-litter and refined appearing lady,
who once may have graced better society, but now
no distinction is made. All alike must hear the
clank of the iron ke}' that assigns them to apart-
ments that are a constant reminder that the "way
OF THE TRANSGRESSOR IS HARD."
The simple Gospel, with religious reading and
tracts, which are left in every cell, is seed sowing
that we trust will bring forth a large harvest.
Many who have led careless lives with unfortunate
surroundings and inherited propensities for sin
have been led to see the consequences that follow,
and knowing their utter helplessness to cope with
the powers of evil, are willing and glad to find
relief through the precious blood that "cleanses
from all sin." The results of this work can never
Sister Elderkin often accompanies me in this
work with effective results.
The riedical Mission and Dispensary,
Uuder the supervision of Dr. J. H. Kellogg still
utilizes part of the building and is a great blessing
to the sick and destitute, and while administering
to the needs of their bodies brings them also
under the teachings of the Gospel.
Free Baths and Missionary Work by faithful
nurses have proved a great benefit to multitudes
that will rise up to call them "blessed." May God
ever prosper this labor of love.
Crime Preventing Agency,
We are indebted to the police officers for their
co-operation in endorsing and encouraging this
work as being an important factor in preserving
peace and protecting the interests of citizens.
When we consider the thousands who are
making their living by preying upon the masses,
and if it were known what a large number of this
class the mission has reached, the work would
commend itself most favorably for what has been
accomplished in this direction.
We are greatly indebted to Mrs. Geo. C.
Walker for the generous donation of our annual
Christmas dinner. Seven to eight hundred parti-
cipated with thankful hearts, and a more impres-
sive sight is seldom seen than while looking upon
so many representing broken homes, the memory
of which causes many a tear to trickle down their
cheeks as the recollectious of other days are
brought to their mind, and touched by the thought
that kind hearts are remembering them while in
their lonely and desolate condition.
February last we rented the building where the
mission has been held for the last thirteen years
until May ist, 1895. We expected in the spring of
the 3^ear to rent the upper portion, as we have in
former years, but owing to the "financial pressure"
many have given up their rooms, leaving a large
space on our hands unoccupied. This necessarily
increases the rent of the mission room.
We are greatly indebted to the many friends of
the mission for their continued donations, for their
hearty sympathy, and words of encouragement.
Man}^ contributions have been given in the
place of money, among which are
Five Tons of Coal by Mrs. Kirk Hanes.
Paper and Printing of Cards and Song Sheets
for the mission by Wm. H. Dietz, Wm. H. Poten-
ger, J. C. Benedict, H. S. Osborn Mr. Pettybone,
"Evangelist," Henry Date, Bradner, Smith & Co.,
Butler Paper Co. and Illinois Paper Co., Edward
Transparency Glass by Hooker Glass Co.
Tracts from the American Tract Society
amounting to many thousands.
" Gold Leaf Tracts " from Mr. H. M. Sheldon.
Part contribution of use of Piano by Kimball
Also many other donations consisting of food,
clothing, etc., for the poor, for all of which we are
We are greatly indebted to the various Pastors
and Evangelists for their assistance in leading
meetings and their hearty co-operation in the
prosperity of this work.
Assistance has been rendered us from the
various Theological Seminaries and a large corps
of workers from Bro. Moody's Bible Institute,
whose services have been greatly h)lessed and to
whom we extend our sincere thanks.
Singers and Quartets have remembered us
by their frequent presence, touching hearts that
could only be reached by the Gospel through song,
and to whom we are greatlv indebted.
Too much cannot be said in behalf of our faith-
ful co-workers Bros. Trotter and Granberg, who
serve as Organist and Cornetist, also to Brother
and Sister Geo. D. Elderkin, Bro. Geo. Wilson and
many of the converts who render most valuable ser-
vice in promoting the interest of the meetings.
Thanksgiving is rendered to God for His pro-
tecting hand in so guarding this work that while
the pestilence was in our midst it did not even
"come nigh the door," and for continued health,
enabling us to be in constant attendance at the
meetings another year.
OSHKOSH, Aug. 26, 1894.
Dear Mrs. Clarke :
As I have been testifying seven weeks among
the various churches in this part of the State, with
a week's meetings in the Second M. E. Church of
Oshkosh, Wis., Pvcv. W. Bennett, Pastor, I felt as
if I would like to write you concerning the benefits
I have derived and have been able through God's
mercy to give hundreds of others through the
blessings received at your Mission on the 25tli of
November last year, when the dear Lord removed
from my eyes the scales of atheism, cleansed my
heart from sin, took away the terrible appetite of
seventeen years' standing for liquor and tobacco,
and enrolled my name on His Book as a servant
and follQwer of the Lamb.
When for a moment I contemplate the differ-
ence between myself one year ago and to-day I
stand aghast at the miracle wrought in my life.
One year ago, at the age of 34 years, a periodical
drunkard, a professed gambler, an atheist and a
dissolute man in all ways, an ardent disciple of
Voltaire, Ingersoll, etc., and with no hope in this
world and no belief in the next, having had the
delirium tremens several times, tried the Keeley,
Bedall and Romaine cures, signed pledges, swore
off a hundred times, and still in my journalistic
work unable to conquer the awful habit until God
in His mercy caused me to be rescued from self
destruction last fall, and His finger pointed the
way to the dear old Pacific Garden ^Mission, where
the w^ords that He caused to fall from your kind
lips that memorable night awakened me from the
lethargy of sin, recalled the prayers and teachings
of my mother and led me to the foot of the Cross.
Praises be to His name. Oh, my dear sister, how
can I sufficiently express my gratitude for the
influence that led to the establishment of that
"rock in a weary land," the Mission ? God bless
Detroit, Aug. 29, 1S94.
Dear Bro. Monroe :
I hardly know how to write you when I
remember the awful condition I was in when I
came to the Pacific Garden Mission, on the 4th of
January, a poor drunken outcast. For many
years I was a prosperous business man in this city,
but I commenced gambling and drinking, persuad-
ing myself all the time I had power to stop at any
time, but was awakened to the fact that I was a
helpless slave. For seventeen years my poor
broken-hearte.l wife had borne with me and had
finally concluded to leave me. This aroused all
the demon within me and I determined to take her
life, but God miraculously interposed and stayed
my hand. Not succeeding in this attempt I
decided to destroy my own life. With the last
nickel I had I purchased poison, and with this in
my pocket was on my way to accomplish the deed
when I heard the cornet and was attracted to come
in, and thank God the door-keeper gave me a
seat in front. While listening to the testimonies
I became persuaded if God could save such men as
had testified He could save me, and when a kind
Christian man sitting by me put his arm around
me and told me of Jesus' love, my hard heart was
broken and I called on God to have mercy upon me
and save me. Praise the I^ord, He heard and
answered my prayer, and a would-be drunken mur-
derer and suicide was transformed by God's grace
to a happy Christian man.
Since I have returned to Detroit I have met
many of my old chums who are astonished to see
the great change that has come in my life, and
thank God I can walk through the streets of this
city to-day with no desire to indulge in the old
habits, but am testifying constantly to God's keep-
ing power. Praise His precious name for the great
change that has been wrought in my life.
Iowa, Aug. 27, 1894.
Mrs. Geo. R. Clarke,
Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago, III.
Dear Sister Clarke : Excuse the libert}^ I
take in writing to you. It is now three weeks
since I came to Iowa. I secured a position as
traveling agent for a firm in Eldora, Iowa, repre-
senting them on the road. Ever since leaving
Chicago God has been with me. He is my con-
stant companion. He is with me in my daily
avocation, and my heart's earnest prayer is for the
poor unfortunate ones who have not yet given
their hearts to God.
My dear sister, my thoughts are with you
every night in your earnest and faithful work in
I owe my gratitude to you and to the Brothers
and Sisters of the Pacific G-irden. My life is
altogether different, there has been a wonderful
change in my habits, and words fail to express to
you the continual happiness I am enjoying in the
love of God.
From my earliest childhood I wai surrounded
by an atmosphere of crime. I grew up an Ishmael-
ite with no higher ambition than to escape the
clutches of the law andjsurpass my associates in
sin and crime. The result was inevitable. I paid
the penilty in successive terms of imprisonment.
Then for some fourteen years I tried hard, in my
own strength, to lead an honest moral life, but the
habits of a life-time, heriditary and acquired, were
not to be conquered by me unaided. Last winter
found me hopeless, friendless, penniless and out of
work. One night I wandered into this Mission to
find shelter from the cold and then, for the first
time, heard redeemed men tell the wondrous story
of God's saving and keeping power. This was a
revelation to me — to hear a man declare his life
had been as vile and atrocious as my own, yet that
the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ had power to
cleanse him. My sin-sick soul began to grow a
little more hopeful that perhaps this salvation
might be for me, outcast though I was. I came
again and again, and at last in my dire extremity,
hardly daring to hope, with very little faith, this
poor man cried unto the Lord and He heard and
delivered him. (Oh, the joy and peace that came
into my heart when God, my loving Father,
claimed me as his child. I have no words adequate
to express the happiness he has poured upon me
-ever since. Surely my cup runneth over. I found
my loving Lord and Master at the eleventh hour,
but late though it be I intend to make that hour
one of unselfish strenuous work for Him. Bless
His holv name. )
Thirteen years ago I considered myself a
moderate drinker, and although my home had
been broken up by it, I did not realize what a
strong hold the appetite for drink had upon me.
Instead of reforming as J intended when I came
liere, I sank lower, and about four years ago I
found myseU a confirmed drunkard. When I
realized my position I sought some means of
escape. Pledges and good resolutions were good
for nothing, I had tried them before. The recol-
lections of home, wife and children, the last promise
to an old mother and father had no power. A
friend suggested the Washingtonian Home. Upon
proper application I was admitted and in a few
weeks discharged, as I thought cured. Two
months after I had to go there again, but with no
better results. Three years ago, broken down in
body, tired of my misery and hopeless of any
other way of escape, I jumped into the lake, deter-
mined to end it. Against my will I was rescued
and again sent to the Washingtonian Home. After
three days in the hospital they told me they could
do nothing more for me and I was allowed to go.
Hopeless of doing anything to save myself I went
back into the gutter. I hardly know how I lived
the next six months, but two years ago last Jan-
uary I was induced to come to this Mission. The
Gospel touched my heart. I heard the testimony
of men who had been saved and by the change I
saw in some I had known I felt it must be true.
Sick and tired of sin, and with the hope that God
would hear my prayer, I asked Him to help me
and save me, and what all human means had failed
to do was done that night. The chains were broken
and now I am a free man in Christ, saved by the
grace of God and kept by His mighty power.
I thank God to-night for what He has done for
me, and that He directed my steps, through the
workers of the Gospel wagon, to this place. On
the 19th day of last June I came into this Mission
one of the vilest sinners. I had led a very wicked
life from early boyhood until at the age of forty it
found me in the depths of sin with no hope for the
future. I had been bound by the drink habit for
twenty yeafs. I had been a gambler for about
fifteen years. I was a thief (for all gamblers are
thieves). I was a liar and a terrible blasphemer,
but one of the greatest of sins was I had rejected
Christ all these years. I was convicted of my sins,
and in my despair,' knowing that no power on
earth could save me, I called on God for help. He
heard and answered my prayer, for He reached
out His strong arm and lifted me up out of the
horrible pit into which I had fallen, planted my
feet on a solid foundation, and for Christ's sake
forgave me all my sins, and cleansed my heart
with the Blood of the Lamb, put a new song in my
mouth, and to-night I stand here a new man in
Christ Jesus, saved and kept by His mighty power.
Austin, Mrs. Sophia ...$ 25.00
Ai,ex.\NDER L. F 10.00
Ayer, John 5.00
Buckingham, E 25.00
Buckingham, C 25.00
Bacon, Mr. & Mrs.H.M. 10.00
BE.A.CH, E. Kellogg 25.00
Blair, Wm 25.00
Ball, Mrs. Gardner... 2.00
Bible Class P. G. M.... 10.69
BuRTis, James K 5.00
Butler, W. P 2.00
Brown, Dr 2.00
Bo\vp:n, Mrs. S. N 5.00
Baxter, L. M 20.00
Barr, Miss Adda V. H. i.oo
Bevier, Mr. O. D 5.00
Brookhouse, John H... 5.00
Bishop, Mrs. C. B i.oo
Barker, J. N 5.00
Col. Pacific Garden
Cummings, E. a. & Co. 350.00
Cook Bros, and Geo.
Carson, Pirie, Scott
& Co 100.00
CoRwiTH, Miss Mary.. 125.00
Cheeney, Mrs. W. W. 10.00
Col. Board of Trade,
per C. S. Northrup 57.50
Col. per Robert Mc-
Chicago Forge & Bolt
Col. F'riends at Oak
Park, per G. Rankin,
Richard Baird, George
Ambrose, Jesse Elder-
kin, Theo. KerckhofF. 203.25
Col. Union Morgan
Campbell, ^IR 5.00
CoLLEC. Normal Park
Pres. Church 12.31
Col. Y. M. C. a 3.54
Col. Calvary Presby-
terian Church 1.73
CoLLEC. Cong. Church
Warren Ave 9.20
Col. 1ST Pres. Church 1S8.47
Col. Cong'st, Hins-
Col. Union, Lodi, III. 10.00
CoLLEc. Union Rogers
Col. 1ST Cong. ]
Church 16.48 |
Mrs. L. W. Cur- }■ 51.48
TIS 25.00 I
Haskett & Co... 10.00 J
Col. Y. p. S. C. E. ist
Pres. Church Eng-
CoFFELT, R. E 4.40
Col. Un. M. E. &
Con. Church, Green
Street and Gar-
field BouL 6.55
Col. Kenwood Evan.
Un. Church 177.27
Col. 6th Pres. Church 50.00
Col. 1ST M. E. Church,
Col. Y. p. C. E. S. 6th
Pres. Church lo.oo
Col. Jeff.-jrson Park
Cong. Church lo.oo
Col. Y. p. C. E. S. Aus-
Col. S. S. (earned by
class) 1. 10
Col. Cong. Church,
Western Springs ii-49
Col. M. E. Church,
Col. S. S. 1ST Cong.
Col. Cong. Church,
Auburn Park i3-94
Col. Cong. Church,
Christmas Offering 10.00
Col. S. S., Warsaw,
III. (under 7 years)... 1.63
Cook, John S 10.00
Cash, per Rev. Mr. Wil-
Clark, Chas. E 5.00
Dinning, Wm. M 200.00
DeWolf, Mrs. C 10.00
DuRFEE, J. H 5.00
Dickenson, David i.oo
DiETz, Wm. H 10.00
Demster, C. J 1. 00
DeGolger, Watts 10.00
Elberkin, Mr. and
Mrs. Geo. D 100.00
Erskin, Iv. R.....*. 100.00
Eley, Mr 300
Ellis, Mrs 1.50
Eberhart, John F 10.00
ExcELL, E. 50.00
Earl, Joseph B 30.00
Ford & Johnson 15.00
Ferguson, G. F.
Fitch, J. R
Foot, Mr. and Mrs.
Green, O. B 100.00
Greeley, Samuel S.... 10.00
Garrettson, Richard 50.00
Gary, C. N. & W. vS 25.00
GoRiN, Miss 25.00
GuRNEY, R. G. Co 5.00
Gallup, Frank A 5.00
Gage, Lyman J 25.00
Garfield, Miss Iona, 1.03
Bartlett & Co 100.00
Holt, D. K 20.00
Hubbard, Mrs. M. A... 20.00
Hinckley, T. S 35.00
Henrick, a 10.00
HoLDEN, Warren F.... 5.00
Hogelton, Capt 1 .00
Hall, Earnest 5.00
Hawley, Miss Alice... too
Hubbell, Henry 2.00
Ives, Dr 5.00
Ingles, John 10.00
Jacobs, B. F 25.00
Jacobs, W. B 25.00
Jacobs, Miss Anna 5.00
JAPP, R 2.50
Kerkhoff, Wm. H lOO.OO
Keen, INIiss Aglae 25.00
Knight, Rev. M. G 100.00
Keen, Geo 10.00
Kellogg, Mr. AND Mrs.
N. E 2.00
Leavitt, Dr. vSheldon ioS.oo
Leonard, O 5.00
Lewis, A. J 10.00
Laurie & Barbee 8.50
McWiLLiAMS, J. G 20.00
Miller, Lizzie B 10.00
Mackev, Mrs. F.J 20.00
Murray. G. A 5.00
Moore, J. M 2.00
Monroe, Geo. Clarke 5.00
Monroe, Ruth S 5.00
McWiLLiAMS, L 50.00
Murray, A 10.00
Oak Park, Chris Tru-
elson, Lou Critteiidon,
Frank Webb, Andy
Black stone 25 .00
OSBONE, H. S. & F. S... 67.00
OviATT, Frank 5.00
Orr, Miss Nina A 30.00
Packard, S. W 350.00
Potter, D. W 100.00
Penfield, a. W 5.00
Patrick, T. W* 5.30
Porter, W. L 15.00
Peabody, F. B 10.00
Plummer, Wm 5.00
Phelps, Dodge &
Sarah D. Clarke, Supt
Riddle, Mrs. A. W
Randall, W. L
Ralston, Mrs. H. M...
Reynolds, Wm. C
Storg, C. W. & H. C...
Sniffen, F^dward D...
Smith, Bradner & Co.
Swift, H. M., :Mrs
Sheldon, H. M
Springer, Chas. E
Straub, J. A., Son &
S.S. Class, Naperville
Shepard, G. W
Thomas, N. D
Turner, J. V
Tyrell, Chas. Y. & Co.
Thayer, Miss Lottie...
Thaine, R. S
Vannier, Mrs, C. H....
Van Curan, F. W
Walker, Mrs. Geo. C.
Webster, A. E
Walker, Geo. C
Waller, Miss M. E
Waller, Mrs. Lucy H.
WiNGAVE, John and
Weinburg, a. E
Wagner, A. B
Williams, Rev. and
Mrs. E. M
Expenses of Mission for the ijth. year ending
September 15th, 1894, have been as follows :
Rent of hall $3,098.78
Salaries of Ass. Supt. , Organist
Cornetlst and Janitor 2,307.50
Electric light 360.00
Printing 1 10. 20
Repairs and sundry expenses of
Mission, including fuel 343-41
Sick and poor 640.20
The outlook for the future of this work cannot
be measured. As we compare each year with the
past, its far reaching influence is beyond all
boundaries of description. The only thing that
cripples it is lack of room and means.
Our space is already too small to accommodate
the large gatherings, and the financial responsi-
bilities 3re taxing energies that could otherwise be
devoted to the spiritual welfare of the work, there-
fore any contributions to aid it will be most thank-
SARAH D. CLARKE, Supt.
HARRY nONROE, Asst. Supt.
The Pacific Garden Mission is a corporation
regularly organized under the laws of Illinois, and
can receive and hold property by will and other-
FORM OF BEQUEST TO BE USED
IN A WILL.
1 give to the Pacific Garden Mis-
Gifts of money, clothing, coal or other requis-
ites for the work may be sent to Mrs. Sarah D.
Clarke, Supt. Pacific Garden Mission, loo E. Van
Bureu Street, Chicago.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
Samuel W. Packard, B. F. Jacobs,
D. W. Potter, Samuel W. Pike.
Dr. S. Leavitt, Geo. D. Elderkin,
Sarah D. Clarke.